Chief Executive
Big Difference Company

c£40,000 per annum
Closing date: 5pm Friday 3 July 2020

The UK’s Official Comedy Party – celebrating comedy since 1994

Big Difference Company, the registered charity behind the annual Leicester Comedy Festival and a year round programme of ambitious projects, seeks a commercially focused Chief Executive to lead the organisation through the next exciting stage of its development towards its 30th anniversary in 2023.

Company Background 

Leicester Comedy Festival has been established for over 27 years and is one of Europe’s leading comedy events with over 800 performances over three weeks in February each year. Big Difference Company has developed its charitable work throughout the year to engage, excite, educate and entertain, creating positive wellbeing and memories for the people of Leicester and beyond. As chief officer of the charity the Chief Executive will have the support of the founder and Festival Director, Geoff Rowe and a small enthusiastic team.

In 2020 Leicester Comedy Festival presented 1600 comedians in 95 venues to an audience of 135,000.  Headline acts for 2020 included Jo Brand, Stewart Lee, Milton Jones, Shappi Khorsandi, Fascinating Aida, Paul Sinha, Josie Long, Jason Byrne, Tony Slattery, Angela Barnes, Griff Rhys Jones, Andy Parsons, John Shuttleworth, Dane Baptiste, Rhod Gilbert, Mark Steel, Flo & Joan, Arthur Smith and Reg D Hunter.

Big Difference Company’s charitable aims are:

To promote, maintain, improve and advance education by encouragement of the arts.

To promote good health and well-being through the arts.

The advancement of the arts and culture for charitable purposes including through comedy and comedy performance.

The annual festival aims to support new and emerging talent, celebrate British comedy and support comedians, promoters and venues to put on the best shows and events.

This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to the long-term sustainability of an important organisation in these uncertain times. More information about Big Difference Company can be found here and Leicester Comedy Festival here.

Job Description

More information about the role including the job description can be found here: Chief Executive BDC Job Pack 01.06.2020


Please send a short CV and covering letter outlining your experience and interest in the role to Martyn Alison, Chair of Trustees, Big Difference Company

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact our adviser Nick Dodds at FEI.